Adam has a law degree (JD) and a graduate degree (MA) from the University of Ottawa. His experience in the past decade with university governance, legal research, labour and employment law, and legislative procedure gives him a range of tools that he uses to arbitrate disputes.
What that means for parties, regardless of their industry and circumstances, is that they gain certainty of their situation in short order. That certainty is as valuable as a win in a courtroom. There’s less anxiety involved because there is less waiting. Costs are significantly reduced.
Adam focuses on small claims and landlord-tenant issues. These fields are rife with disputes that can be resolved via simple arbitration before they become longstanding difficulties.
Employment disputes are another area of interest for which Adam provides low-cost arbitration. He has experience with both sides of employment and labour relations as a union president and an employer-side researcher.
Adam is also well-read in burgeoning contract, labour, and employment issues associated with Industry 4.0 through academic and journalistic research. Manufacturing and skilled labour will be increasingly displaced by automata. 3D printing, machine learning, and artificial intelligence will radically change working life. He is equipped to tackle these issues alongside more traditional arbitral concerns.
His publications and experience with university administration also make him an ideal arbitrator for academic disputes.
The application of law to facts. Where possible, the arbitrator will rule on matters at the hearing, with reasons to follow. More complex matters will be reserved for decision.
Parties submit to arbitration, but expressly permit the arbitrator to depart from legal rules to instead decide cases based only on the merit of the parties’ positions, conduct, and future prospects. The arbitrator may make a traditional award, impose new contract terms, or remove contract terms.
This is sometimes known as final offer arbitration. It is used to settle the terms in a contract. The arbitrator breaks deadlocks in bargaining or contract negotiation by deciding which of the parties’ positions is included in the clauses submitted to arbitration.
Parties may also request assistance drafting articles in collective agreements, employment agreements, and commercial agreements.
Rules & Forms
1 (1) Arbitration is subject to the arbitration agreement made between the parties and the arbitrator, which must be made with regard for the arbitration legislation existing in the jurisdiction in which the proceeding is commenced.
(2) In applying these rules and the terms of the arbitration agreement, the arbitrator will make orders and give directions that are proportionate to the importance and complexity of the issues, and to the amount involved, in the proceeding.
(3) Where matters are not provided for in these rules, the practice will be determined by analogy to them.
(4) The arbitrator has the exclusive authority to interpret any word or provision of the rules or the arbitration agreement.
(5) Either party may request an interpretation from the arbitrator.